Top Sellers for Men’s Watches

Beginning with Elizabeth I of England, who received an early version of the invention from Robert Dudley in 1571, wristwatches were almost exclusively worn by women until the end of the 19th century. Men traditionally used pocket watches until the 20th century, when modern military action required exact synchronization of maneuvers and quick time checks that could be facilitated by wristwatches. After WWI, wristwatches became the overwhelmingly preferred choice for men in and out of the military and a mass market was born.

Men’s watch collecting has exploded over the past ten years. In the secondhand market, vintage styles from the 1940s through the 1960s command record-breaking prices at auction, while contemporary styles reach higher prices every year. Popular makers include Tudor, Breitling, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tissot, and more. If you’re beginning or expanding your watch collection, consider current styles, trends, and complications.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of our tried and true top auction houses for men’s watches.


United States

Doyle New York

Doyle New York is one of the world’s leading auctioneers in fine art, jewelry, furniture, decorative arts, and more. Keep an eye out for watches in their jewelry sales.

Phone +1 (217)-427-0892
Email [email protected]

Freeman’s

Freeman’s usually hosts Jewelry & Watches sales twice a year in November and May. Special sales, like Watches of Distinction (April 2017) also come up.

Phone +1 (215) 563-9275
Email [email protected]

Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s, one of the most prominent auction houses in the world, hosts watch and jewelry sales several times a year. In 2014, Sotheby’s sold a Henry Graves Supercomplication timepiece made by Patek Philippe for $24.4 million.

Phone +1 (212) 606 7000

Phillips

Phillips hosts watch sales of important designers in showrooms around the world, including Geneva and Hong Kong. They also hosted a Rolex Milestones auction (November 2016) in Hong Kong.

Phone +1 (212) 940 1300


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Europe & the United Kingdom

Auktionen Dr. Crott

Auktionen Dr. Crott hosts biannual sales of watches, clocks, and of horological interest in November and May. They specialize in Glashuette watches.

Phone +49 (0)621 3288650
Email [email protected]

Cortrie Spezial Auktionen

Cortrie Spezial Auktionen hosts several jewelry and watch auctions throughout the year.

Phone 040-219-96-52-0
Email [email protected]

Dorotheum

Dorotheum hosts over 600 auctions per year in 40 categories.

Phone +43 1 515 60 0
Email [email protected]

Henry’s Auktionshaus AG

Henry’s Auktionshaus AG supports modern and classic timekeeper auctions several times a year.

Watches Specialists – Sascha Wendt and Viktor NonnenmacherPhone 06234 80 11 380
Email [email protected]

Hotel de Ventes de Genève

Hotel de Ventes de Genève turns estates and inventory into themed sales several times a year. Timepieces and watches are a popular category.

Phone +41 22 320 11 77
Email [email protected]

Gorringes

Gorringes has been in business since the 1920s. Look for watches in their fine art and collectibles sales, hosted nearly every month.

Phone +44 01273472503

Tajan

Tajan is one of the premiere French auction houses. Their watch sales typically fall in December and June.

Claire Hofmann – Watches SpecialistPhone +33 1 53 30 30 50
Email [email protected]

Van Ham Kunstauktionen

Van Ham Kunstauktionen typically hosts Jewelry & Watches sales in November and May. They also offer consultation and authentication services.

Email [email protected]


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Australia

Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel specializes in jewelry, watches, furniture, sculpture, and works on paper. Look for watches in their jewelry sales.

Phone +61 (0)3 9826 4333
Email [email protected]

Lawsons

Jewelry and watches are one of Lawsons‘ areas of expertise. Look for watches interspersed throughout their Fine Jewelry sales.

Phone 02 9566 2377
Email [email protected]

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce specializes in cars, art, and antiques including jewelry and watches.

Phone 02 8212 4100
Email [email protected]

Sotheby’s Australia

Sotheby’s Australia hosts category auctions throughout the year. Watches can be found scattered throughout their Important Jewels sales.

Phone +61 (0)3 9508 9900
Email [email protected]

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